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Beak Squad Robotics - FRC Grades 9-12

Grade Levels: 9 - 12
Purpose: We compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a strict set of rules and then compete in games designed by a committee of engineers and other professionals. Check it out here.

Months: August-December: Training

January-April: Build and competition season

Fall: Official FRC season event registration
January - February: the six-week robot design and build period with robot shipment deadline in late February
Mid March - April: Regional and Championship events for qualifying teams
Mid April - early May: World Championship events for qualifying teams
Summer: we may compete in optional summer competitions and strongly encourage our Gr 9-12 students to help with robotics summer camp

Practice Schedule: Off-season (pre and post build season): Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

During build season: Monday-Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. + Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Practice Location: Robotics Team Workshop (within 1 mile of campus)

Meet / Competition Info: We typically compete in 2 regional tournaments in March - April, culminating at the FIRST Championship. Often these events involve overnight travel and can involve missing a few days of school. We also compete in 1-2 off-season tournaments.

Cost:
  • Each team member pays a $250 participation fee and agrees to provide meals during the build season
  • All students receive a Tshirt. Additional team items (hats, jackets, etc.) may be available for purchase.
  • Travel to tournaments requires an overnight stay and has an additional travel fee to cover transportation and lodging expenses for the student. These are communicated well in advance.
  • Scholarship opportunities are available; contact the coaches for details.
  • Each year the team must raise about $50,000 to cover basic costs so additional fundraising is essential. Funds are raised through Corporate Sponsorships and donations. Want to help? Contact Rebecca Sequeira or call (513) 247-9944 ext. 210.

Anticipated # of Students: 30
Expected Parent Involvement: Parents are welcome and encouraged to be involved. Please contact a coach to find out more.

Notes:
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Coach Info: Andy.Ciarniello@chca-oh.org

Katie.Howarth@chca-oh.org

How Do You Register:
  1. Register with CHCA. You will be given a link in your confirmation email to use for step 2.
  2. Register with FIRST so they know about you.
  3. Signing up for at least 1 meal will come later. (A fed mind is a creative, productive mind!)

Did you know?

CHCA is the ONLY private/independent school in the Greater Cincinnati area with a FIRST Robotics Competition team, and the ONLY area school who offers a progression of robotics teams for students to advance from grades 4 through 12.

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